Sunday, January 09, 2005


I was online last night, playing spades. Again.

For any of you that have played online spades, you know there is a little chat box at the bottom of the screen. People usually playfully talk trash to their opponents, tell their partner what a good job they are doing, and so on.

Well last night, I asked everyone where they were from. After they all responded, one of them asked me where I was from. I said, "Seattle, but I live in Germany". Somehow the conversation morphed into why I was here, what my husband does, and the fact that he is going back to Iraq in a couple of days. I should have known this would warrant a moron (my opponent) to use her First Amendment right.

She started blabbing about all of the "Support Our Troops" vinyl stickers she had plastered all over her vehicle. This would be great, but it was followed by, "But I don't know if I agree with the government's reason for going over there". Here we go...She done pissed me off.

I wanted to reach through the screen and shake her profusely, but I politely said, "Well, September 11th was enough reason for me". And my partner said, "Yep, me too". Yay!! I didn't even know this guy and I already loved him. Not only did we spank our opponents in spades, she didn't say a damn thing after that.

There's just one thing I would like to point out about this. It seems to be a common thing to hear, "I support the troops, but I don' t support the war". This is a load of crap. First of all, the troops you are referring to signed a piece of paper vowing to protect their country and their constitution, vowing they were ready to give their life, and being trained to do all of this. So if you don't support the war, you REALLY DON'T support the troops. They knew when they signed up that it was a possibility they would be deployed. THEY SIGNED UP FOR WAR. They didn't sign up to PLAY Army. All they had to do was wait for the word from their Commander in Chief.

So if you've said something like, "I support the troops, but I don't support the war", maybe you should consider if you REALLY support the troops, or if you are REALLY against the war. You can't do both.


Cindy said...

Good job Erin. Chew em up and spit em out. Mom

Anonymous said...

Unlike some people I am not addicted to spades, but I was watching last night as someone did mention that they do support the troops, but do not support the war. Well what can I say? There are some really ignorant people born everyday, and this person is one of them. I have been in Iraq for 7 months, and recently came home for R&R to see my wife. It has been a great break from the hell I have seen in Iraq. If I did not support the war I would not be going back, but we are doing great things in a country that has been without freedom for so long. This is the way i see things: if you have never been in a war, or been with the troops and see their love for what they do, or see people die and hear of your brothers in arms dying, then i say shut the hell up. You can't say you support the troops but don't support the war. You can't have one without the other. Our guys are doing what they were taught to do and I'll be damned if that's not what we are doing. So don't talk about supporting the war or the troops - go bake a cake or write a book or whatever you non supporters do...oh by the way i love you erin soooo much